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Chapter 1.6: Digital Boundaries: Construct the Life You Want

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Now that most of our waking hours are spent using screens we’re visibly migrating into a digital world. Like other immigrants we want and expect better lives. New digital boundaries will let us step through the looking glass, control what’s on our screens and construct the digital lives we want — in a digital world that eliminates today’s limits.


Digital Boundaries:  Construct the Life You Want

America is often described as a land of immigrants, people whose ancestors came here to build a better life.

That’s becoming yesterday’s story. Today we’re transforming. We’re turning into a land of emigrants, filled with people who are leaving the physical world as we migrate into a new digital world.

If your kids are awake they’re probably in front of a screen or about to use one. They’re spending over seven and a half hours a day using electronic devices, then add multi-tasking to stuff in more than eleven hours of media use each day. (1)

With their smart phones and tablets, adults do even more. This year they will use multi-tasking to stuff more than twelve hours of media each day onto eight hours a day they use screens. In fact, this is the year the balance tips:  Digital media will surpass TV viewing for the first time. (2)

Our kids are crossing over completely. Just a few years ago there were no tablets and no apps. Now half the families with incomes over $75,000 have downloaded apps for their young children. (3) By 2015 tablets are expected to outsell both PC’s and laptops combined, transforming the computer business with ever more instant-on devices that are in use everywhere, all the time. (4)

Welcome to our digital migration. Today is turning into tomorrow, and tomorrow into today. We’re walking and driving through the physical world while we spend the majority of our waking time with screens.

If we’re migrating and starting to live on-screen, how will that work? How will we build a better life?


Digital boundaries: How you direct, produce and star on your screens

Digital boundaries are one part of new Expandiverse Technology, a way to enjoy a digital life that follows your rules. You get to let in what you like and shut out what displeases you — even the latest over-promoted celebrity. Boundaries are a little like having unlimited television channels with a personally responsive DVR (digital video recorder). You simply don’t watch the “channels” and “shows” you don’t want, and watch what you enjoy. (You see how technology will merge entertainment with life?)

Expandiverse Technology adds boundaries that each person and group can control. What would you let in and what’s out? How much protection makes you feel safe? Would you like to be paid for your attention by advertisers? The power to filter messages is the power to run your digital world, with you in control.

This tech gives you control so you may end up liking your digital, on-screen world more than the physical one — by choice and by where you spend most of your time. Let’s hope the physical world doesn’t sulk too much.


Digital Boundaries:  Construct the Life You Want

 How digital boundaries secure your world, and make it what you want

In today’s physical world, people are surrounded by invisible boundaries between them and others. Companies are surrounded by both physical and relationship boundaries. Public spaces have their own implicit and explicit limits. Only governments have visible boundaries — their physical borders with passports and inspections when you enter and leave a country.

In the future we will expand beyond those physical borders and evolve continuous online connections to people, companies and services worldwide. As our digital migration advances, our boundaries can become explicit and visible. New types of Expandiverse boundaries can provide security and other actions based on each of our choices, interests, goals and activities.

What are these boundaries and how do they help people? One of these boundaries is security / safety, so let’s start with this basic need. In a digital world, personal security boundaries will become normal. In fact, personal security could become a larger and more valuable digital industry than the physical world’s security industry.

Part of physical digital protection will be identifying and responding to those entering a physical location. Part of online digital protection will be identifying and responding to those with whom we connect through our screens. We’re migrating into a known world, where our boundaries identify who and what is around us, so we know our level of safety and can respond appropriately.

Automatic identification will include retrieving data on people, and responding based on your choices. It will be more than remembering people’s names so you won’t embarrass yourself when you greet someone you should remember. When identification is normal personal security will become part of our everyday lives. That will alter how we relate to new people and trust them, because most people everywhere are good people.

Today’s version of this is the security monitoring centers provided by the security industry. Just like companies and governments install security monitoring centers to know they’re safe and provide alerts for issues, in the future people could have digital monitoring to see they’re secure.

Boundaries will come in various sizes. Boundaries with small group sizes will use “white lists” to permit rapid responses to a short list of approved people, companies and services. Imagine your home’s front door. Very few people need to be on it’s “white list” so they can enter automatically. With such a short list, recognition can be instant and accurate — while everyone else is dealt with as an unknown person.

Larger and more open boundaries will use a combination of white lists, identification / recognition, and black lists to offer us choices based on people, places, relationships and contexts.

But digital boundaries can do much more than security. We could use them to live well, in the ways we want.


Digital Boundaries:  Construct the Life You Want

 Next:  Control and construct your on-screen life the way you want it

Boundaries kick in when entry occurs or is requested. Their steps are variable with functions like:

  • Initial boundary steps:  Identification and data retrieval.
  • Subsequent steps:  Based on who is identified, and what is learned about them.
  • Valuation:  Value those identified based on your choices, preferences, interests, goals, etc.
  • Prioritizing / Alerting:  Focus on who and what is valued most; may include actions such as acceptance, invitation, permissions, responses, scheduling, recommended steps, automatic steps, etc.
  • Paywalls:  Revenue generation by blocking commercial parties with access allowed based on your interests, permissions, customer relationships or their paying you.
  • Categorizing:  Treatment, scheduling, alerting, routing, etc. based on your categories.
  • Filtering:  Custom displays based on your priorities, value, categories, paywall, connections, blocks, etc. to see the world you want on-screen.
  • Blocking / Protection:  Online blocking, removal or protection based on the filters you choose.
  • Security:  Alerts or active protection based on any of the above criteria, plus steps to deal with possible safety risks, potential danger, etc.
  • Other boundary processing steps…

What kinds of boundaries could you have? Some examples include:

  • Personal boundaries:  Family, friends, employers, groups, affiliations, etc.
  • Business / corporate boundaries:  Customers, prospects, employees, contractors, partners, suppliers, distributors, vendors, etc.
  • Semi-public and public spaces boundaries:  As people enter physical places like stores, malls, hotels, airports; or online activities like digital events, conferences, meetings, etc.

How large are the markets for boundary systems? Markets will be different sizes depending on the type of boundary. A security boundary is mainly a cost that reduces the bottom line. Markets will be many times larger for boundaries that add revenues and increase top-line profits. Example markets include:

  • Business (see the next chapter):  Continuous customer and prospect relationships, supplier and partner relationships, distribution and delivery relationships, paywalls, security, etc.
  • Commercial physical / online:  Identify and respond to individuals in both physical locations and online.
  • Personal digital:  Revenue-generating paywalls; boundaries based on identity, privacy, filtering, security, etc.
  • Governments / Military:  Boundary monitoring and responses in both physical locations and online; systems to penetrate others’ boundaries; etc.
  • Other business opportunities…

Digital Boundaries: Construct the Life You Want


Life on your screens: A great world with good people

Our digital migration has begun. Most people in today’s world are already good people who deserve respected, proud and happy lives. As we emigrate into tomorrow’s digital world our digital boundaries will give us personal security and much more.

With self-controlled boundaries we will turn our screens into a looking glass that shows us what we want:  Our security boundaries will identify and describe the people, companies and services around us physically and digitally. Our valuation and categorization boundaries will tell us their value and how we might respond. Our filter boundaries will let us include what we like and exclude what we dislike. Our paywall boundaries will block out companies that want commercial access to us, except when we have a relationship with them, or because they pay us.

We will see that we’re surrounded by good, hard working people everywhere around the world. Diversity and inclusion will grow as we become friends with many kinds of trustworthy, sincere people. We will experience liking many kinds of people because our boundaries will show us there are many people who have a good life in their own ways. We will be much less likely to reject others because we don’t understand them.

As boundaries become commonplace we will learn how to construct and share good spaces in which we and others can live well. We will individually and collectively step through our looking glasses into the lives we want. Then we will stay in the ones we like and enjoy, and adjust our boundaries until we build what we want.

We’ll live online in the ways we choose, experiencing who we dream of becoming instead of receiving our identities from top-down institutions. We’ll be supported by the companies, services and communities that want us to have dreams, reach for them and live them.

As we grow together we will approach the threshold of being the creators of tomorrow’s digital world. We could choose to live in a digital world where our dreams can come true, expanding today’s limits to include the possibilities and opportunities we would like. That worldwide “civil society” would be helpful for our mid-century planet of nine billion people, all of whom will want prosperity and success.

We will find many huge tech, business and personal growth opportunities as we emigrate into a self-controlled digital world. With our large needs for safety and so much more, digital boundaries could turn into some of the world’s most valuable advances — for people, as well as for companies that serve their customers well.

Good people deserve to control their own lives — and Expandiverse digital boundaries are designed to provide that.

As you gain control, what kind of life will you want?


© Copyright 2014 Dan Abelow. All rights reserved. Image credits: Shutterstock.

Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build an advanced Digital Earth now. His previous patents are licensed by over 500 corporations that include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics and many other leaders. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Wharton School. Get connected with Dan at ImagineANewFuture.com/connect/

When and how will everyone win? When tech upgrades the economy

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You’ll rule tomorrow’s digital world. if a company fails to please you, you can wipe it off all your screens. With your finger on the kill switch, businesses will dedicate themselves to you. Routine identification will transform customer relationships and commerce. You will be known and treated personally.

The most successful businesses will please everyone all the time. New tech will usher in a world where everyone wins.


Chapter 1.7: When and how will you win? When tech upgrades the economy

Your life will be better in tomorrow’s digital world. Everything will center on you and your every need. Business will serve you with unbelievable dedication and focus.

After all, you will have control over your screens and paywalls so you can banish every company that doesn’t meet your standards. If a company or organization fails to please you, you can block it and wipe its ads, communications and existence off your screens.

The finger on the kill switch will be yours, so you’ll rule tomorrow’s digital world. Successful businesses will reinvent themselves as personal, immediate and pleasing — serving everyone, everywhere, all the time.

Routine identification will trigger an evolution in commerce and customer relationships: Boundary systems will identify individuals and retrieve their data so each person can be treated personally. This will trigger major business opportunities — continuously connected relationships between businesses, customers, prospects, employees, suppliers, partners and others.

Let’s dive into that world.


Chapter 1.7: When and how will you win? When tech upgrades the economy

The consumer’s world:  Personal service with smiles

Example:  It’s dinner time on Friday and the kids want McDonald’s Happy Meals(TM). Simply drive to the McDonald’s pickup window where you’re greeted by name and have the the kids’ dinners handed to you the way they like it — then drive away without having to stop to pay for it.

How would that happen? Your family’s Shared Life Space includes a continuous connection to McDonalds, so you “focus” them on one of your screens. Its dinner time so your McDonalds focused display puts your usual dinner order at the top of your personal connection. You tell it kids’ meals only, in 10 minutes. While you drive to McDonald’s your location is tracked. As you reach the pickup window your identity is confirmed by video recognition. You’re welcomed by name with a smile and your order is handed to you. You simply take your food and drive away, with your transaction and automated payment validated with video/audio recording. Your relationship is personal, with even the amount and type of conversation matching your style.

Changes:  Future fast food companies will redesign themselves for billions of customers worldwide. Some of the coming advances: Identify and recognize everyone by name both online and in person, personalize menus to match each customer, remain connected with customers online so orders can be placed while going to restaurants, track customers so pre-ordered food can be fresh and handed to customers as they walk in or drive up, greet each customer in their language with their preferred conversational style, and automatically charge their account when their food is handed to them. Glitches are tracked and processes continuously improved. In a digital world food becomes friendship, service becomes a smile, and everyone’s experiences become ideal — making relationships personal and great everywhere.

Others change, too:  Similarly, you’re known and served personally everywhere. Hotels can greet you by name at the front door and hand you your room key without needing to stand in line and register. Whenever you want to go somewhere you can focus in the closest available cars and taxis so you always have personal transportation. You enjoy a personal world that serves you, for anything you want.

Tomorrow’s commerce:  It will be normal to be greeted by name, with each company’s subsequent interaction fitting you better. The products and services you want will be personal, prepared and ready for you. Businesses you designate can auto-charge you so you don’t need to stop to pay. Tomorrow’s leading companies will compete by knowing you and serving you perfectly.

A personally pleasing world:  Every company will try to give everyone totally pleasing service. They’ll know their customers can switch to a more responsive competitor instantly, as soon as they slip up. You will live in a “you-centered” world. A world where you win!


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The big business world:  Be the world’s best and advance quickly

This affects your job and work, too. You won’t need to schedule a meeting for next Tuesday, then drive there through traffic while hoping the right people actually show up. Instead, you and others will be able to say, “Hey!  Do you have a minute?” and work together instantly, everywhere, far more effectively.

Example:  Suppose you sell medical diagnostics equipment to hospitals and diagnostic facilities. (You could be the manufacturer, distributor or integrator.) You’re talking to a new prospect who wants to see an MRI installation in an independent diagnostic center. You “take” him digitally to a diagnostic facility, chat with its director, “see” their facility and learn their management priorities and results. Then you “take” him digitally to other diagnostic centers quickly, to illustrate how they maximize image quality, uptime and utilization. In minutes your prospect has experienced exemplary facilities thousands of miles apart, and personally seen how much your company can deliver.

How would that happen? Your marketing Shared Life Space includes people, locations and systems that are continuously connected. While talking to the prospect you focus in the manager of an appropriate MRI installation who can take a minute to answer a few quick questions. Then you focus in that installation and several others so the prospect sees their installed MRI’s. You use your high-level access to their management systems to show the wrap-around services your organization provides (without disclosing confidential information): Capacity planning, patient flow optimization, local data collection, local diagnostics, problem prediction, automated “Active Knowledge” support, live support, image storage and routing, maintenance compliance, capital budgeting, continuous ROI analysis and more.

You show how your staff provides total support with a continuous Shared Life Space so every appropriate person at the new facility has continuous hands-on guidance. This starts with their financial models and projections so they’re done quickly and presented well. It continues with their buildout, hiring, training and opening, Then you maximize their technologist accuracy, management control, facility utilization and patient satisfaction.

Changes:  A future commercial world will use continuous connections to rapidly bring new customers to advanced levels of choice and performance. Some of its advances:  Digitally “take” prospects to leading installations, talk to real people there, show their processes, make it easy to to buy, finance, install, operate, manage, troubleshoot, support and upgrade. Continuous connections make advanced performance direct and routine, with constant sharing and distribution of new “best practices” and the latest advances.


Chapter 1.7: When and how will you win? When tech upgrades the economy

Others change, too:  

Big Box Retail will stop declining from the e-commerce onslaught. Stores will provide “physical-like” e-commerce from either online showrooms with real products and real salespeople, or directly from their retail stores. Customers will digitally see and try products (whether clothes, electronics or anything else), ask questions, work with real salespeople and personally arrange purchases, delivery, setup and customer service.

Personal Services will compete with online services. Whether insurance agents, bankers or florists, service providers will have one-on-one online relationships, personal services and please their customers more than online business systems.

Business Sales and Operations will use continuous connections to existing customers and new prospects to provide them quick responses and turnaround. Response times will shrink to “now,” because customers will have multiple choices. Failing to respond immediately will mean customers turn to competitors who do respond.

Tomorrow’s world:  Our commercial world will run on seeing the best everywhere, then delivering that. It will be normal for many businesses to become as good as the best with the assistance of their vendors’ Shared Life Spaces. Then they’ll use their own Shared Life Spaces to extend their personal connections to their customers. When you need anything, immediately focus in your vendor to see, receive and become the best without traveling there. If needed instantly focus in other vendors, services or products from multiple locations. Choose and reach each of your goals without waiting or traveling.

A commercially successful world:  You’ll work in a world that helps large numbers of companies see how to be “the best” commercially, and guides them as they make “the best” their normal standard. Every vendor will also know how to provide what its customers need through continuously connected Shared Spaces. Customers will feel its normal to live in a world that knows them and serves them personally with the best options, wherever they choose to focus in. You win!


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The small business world:  Every company can capture the center

Tomorrow’s digital world will offer small businesses new ways to capture the center position in their customers’ lives.

Consider a pediatrician who cares for children. Today she provides medical services through doctor appointments. Tomorrow she could include her patients in a “Digital Medical Services Organization” (DMSO) that has a broad services and product business. Its focus will be raising the quality of health for thousands of kids, and helping thousands of parents. Her business scope can expand from medicine to wellness and commerce.

What do parents need to keep their kids healthy? In a pediatrician’s Shared Life Space all the business’s services are always connected, health monitoring is continuous and the right information and products are always available. This could be a relationship that outperforms today’s fragmented retail and online vendors of different health-related over-the-counter products, drugs, physicians, health information and other medical services.

Some examples of this digital doctor’s business model could include:

Medical services:  Continuous connections and services for medical patients. Medical services include physical appointments, online appointments, personal health goals and plans, personal gap analysis to “normal” and “ideal” goals, personal health dashboards, etc.

Wellness monitoring services: Continuous monitoring of health, fitness, activity, weight, eating, etc. through patients’ devices (including wearables).

Incident monitoring services:  Continuous incident monitoring such as falls, slips, injuries, etc. through patients’ devices.

Active Knowledge (AK):  Monitored incident thresholds include AK triggers to deliver guidance and appropriate assistance (non-intrusive and optional at lower threshold levels; immediate assistance at higher thresholds, assistance requests at any time).

Active Knowledge (AK) e-commerce:  AK suggests higher quality products and services based on monitored triggers, to produce improvements. User-chosen goals will allow better selection of the right products and services to reach those goals. Immediate pickup could be provided through local drug store chains.

Shared Spaces treatments:  If others need to be included, like a child’s elementary school teacher, they can be included throughout the treatment process without their ever leaving school, or having to visit them there.

Self-control of monitored areas:  Wellness dashboard with clear metrics, gaps to goals, Active Knowledge guidance, and e-commerce.

OMG. What just happened to your child? A pediatrician’s monitoring service could focus in the parent immediately on his or her current screen. Or a parent could focus in the doctor’s service.

Connect with someone and receive the right information, guidance, service or product. If a drug or OTC medicine is needed, immediate pickup or delivery can come from a drug store chain that’s part of the Shared Space. They’ll know when you’re arriving and hand it to you. Your children win!


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Is it time to win, or keep falling behind?

Could technology remove society’s ceiling and give everyone the chance to become their best selves? Could it usher in a society where everyone could win, and then keep winning? Could we live in a world where many people can reach the top?

To some that sounds like Utopia or Nirvana. It’s much easier to say, “Never happen, at least not in my lifetime.” It’s simpler to keep doing what you used to do, even if it no longer works for most people.

We’ve seen this before. Feudal peasants in the middle ages are middle class today. Before the industrial revolution nearly everyone was illiterate, but the world is almost 90% literate today. A hundred years ago in London you couldn’t see the sun because of the air pollution, but now it’s clear. The same will happen to China’s polluted skies, and to many of our other limits.

Still, it’s hard to imagine a real world everyone could enjoy, where everyone can reach for greatness. But with Expandiverse Technology, whose first ideas started in 2007, years were spent developing new technology to build tomorrow’s digital world today. It’s a concrete step towards building a world where our dreams are opportunities, and many of those who try may succeed. On that road lies a better destiny — a world were many people might become great.

Suppose we decide the time is now, and we’re the people who need to switch from falling behind to leaping ahead.  Could new technology make us a world of winners?


Image credits:  The fourth graphic is copyright Dan Abelow. All other graphics are credited to Shutterstock.

Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build an advanced Digital Earth now. His previous patents are licensed by over 500 corporations that include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics and many other leaders. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Wharton School. Get connected with Dan at ImagineANewFuture.com/connect/

Chapter 1.5: Property self-security: Enjoy a well-protected life and world

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The security industry will face the same digital tornado as music, news and cameras. When security is turned into embedded features our homes, businesses, vehicles and property will recognize their owners, authorized users, and uses — as well as track their location, record unauthorized activities, and more. Self-controlled security will first be transforming, then world changing.


Chapter 1.5:  Property self-security: Enjoy a well-protected life and world

How can new technology respond to today’s need for security and safety? Our coming digital world needs physical security for our homes, buildings, cars and property.

During the next 15 to 20 years over 50 billion devices and locations are expected to be connected to the network. At the same time, recognition and identification will become commonplace.

As recognition becomes normal and widespread, we’re going to enjoy living in a world with property self-security embedded in many areas.


Chapter 1.5:  Property self-security: Enjoy a well-protected life and world

Here’s how Expandiverse Technology turns security and protection into an embedded feature:  Property self-security means many locations (houses and buildings) and property (devices and connected objects) will add recognition. Authorized users or entrants will be permitted. If a user or entrant is unknown, entrances and devices will interact to confirm authorization, respond, and protect themselves — or take more actions.


Chapter 1.5:  Property self-security: Enjoy a well-protected life and world

An example is your personal electronics, including smart phones, tablets, laptops/PCs, wearables, connected TV’s, etc. If your device detects an unauthorized user, it can ask that user to self-authenticate, whether through identification, recognition or biometrics. With a relatively short “white list” of authorized users, recognition and authentication are quick and reasonably easy to add as a feature.


Chapter 1.5:  Property self-security: Enjoy a well-protected life and world

If authentication fails, your device can contact you because your systems know which device you’re using at that moment. It can tell you what and where the problem is. If the person is identifiable it can tell you who the person is. If there’s two-way communications it could let you talk to the person. If there’s a camera it could take photos or record the person with video/audio (remotely stored, of course). If the device is moved and has GPS it can tell you where your device is. If it’s a theft you could report it to the police and attach its identification, location and video/audio recordings.

As we reach the future “security as a feature” can become ordinary. Embedded cameras already cost under $10. Connectivity is turning mainstream. Identification of authorized users on relatively short “white lists” grows ever easier. Various kinds of interactions can be used to self-authorize those who are unknown. An escalating sequence of automatic responses can be pre-set from checklists. Alerts can be fired to an owner or security service when a trouble threshold is triggered.

A huge market opportunity awaits from adding property self-protection and transforming the security of locations and property:

  • Personal: Houses, cars, electronics, connected property, etc.
  • Business: Everything connected in companies, telematics and inventory throughout the supply chain, retail stores and products, support centers, etc.
  • Equipment: Construction, agricultural, power tools, etc.
  • Medical: Facilities, equipment, connected supplies, etc.
  • Government / Military / Police: Weapons, facilities, equipment, vehicles, devices, supplies, etc.

Then, the stronger recognition becomes, the easier it will be for self-protection to expand throughout the physical environment in areas like malls, stadiums, schools, playgrounds and other places people gather.

Today’s digital advances turn entire industries into features that wind up embedded in other devices, products and services. It’s happened to music, news, consumer cameras and video recorders, GPS directions, international phone calls and many others.

Why not security?


Chapter 1.5:  Property self-security: Enjoy a well-protected life and world

 When will we live in a better world?

The size of these markets is obviously large, but the real value of property self-security is not our property. Nor is it Expandiverse Technology that can add it.

“Security as a feature” will become more than worldwide. It’s going to be world-changing. Property self-security will help make this a good and safe world for everyone to enjoy.

Authorized owners and users will not need keys or logging in and out. They will move smoothly between their locations, devices and properties. Security will turn invisible, even though it will be everywhere.

This will work because identification — with combinations like recognition and responding to cues like the mobile devices we carry — will make “knowing” users normal. Property will “know” who is authorized. Hundreds of millions of entrances and devices will be parts of a far larger “security as a feature” world. Using, entering and exiting could be both simpler and more secure than today.

That will change everything for the children in that world. Those kids will grow up surrounded by a new kind of world. It will be a digital world whose physical property and devices protect themselves. To them, it will feel like a safe, protected life.

That’s a new kind of world. Something that’s always divided people is fear of other people. Fear of people we don’t know. Fear of people who are good people, but simply live in different parts of the world.

But there are good people everywhere. They’re living good lives, raising their kids, going to work every day, doing the best that they can, the best they know how to do. But when people aren’t able to know and trust each other, they’re afraid.

In a digitally secure world people will be “known” in new ways. We will know through our security systems that the people we’re dealing with almost everywhere are good people, members of our secure, protected world. We will not need to be afraid of each other.

Because everyone and their children will live with embedded self-protection, we will gain a moral and good view of the people who live with us in that world.

With a digitally self-protected world people will feel known and treated respectfully. They will feel respectful toward others. Everyone could feel safer with everyone else.

The safety that comes from embedded security will help us become the trusted — and trusting — people we always knew we could be.

Could we actually see that nearly everyone else could be our friend?


© Copyright 2014 Dan Abelow. All rights reserved. Image credits: The last graphic is copyright Dan Abelow. All other graphics are credited to Shutterstock.

Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build an advanced Digital Earth now. His previous patents are licensed by over 500 corporations that include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics and many other leaders. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Wharton School. Get connected with Dan at ImagineANewFuture.com/connect/

Chapter 1.4: Your Devices Will Have No Limits. Neither Will You.

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Imagine a you-centered digital world of the future. It recognizes and follows you from screen to screen. Your continuous connections fit you and assist you — including tools, resources, media, places and people. Automated tech moves you to the top of the pyramid by making you knowing and powerful. The full Digital Earth’s resources and abilities are at your fingertips. And everyone’s.


Chapter 1.4:  Your Devices Will Have No Limits. Neither Will You.
Whether you’re young or old there’s one thing you know: Your future is digital.

Our smart phones, tablets and other screens are with us constantly. We move from screen to screen as everything revolves around how quickly they do our bidding, how well they meet our needs.

We can’t imagine living without digital.

But we’re still just individuals with devices. Doing tasks, playing games and going from app to app.

The devices industry is evolving into a commodity business. The leaders are similar in hardware, features, software, apps, app stores, services, and bandwidth (or phone service plans).

It doesn’t matter whether you use Apple, Android or Windows. History will say they’re in the same generation, at a parallel stage. Whether you use a smart phone, tablet, Laptop/PC, game box, connected TV or another device, they’re generally separate silos, using the cloud to work together.

How far can today’s devices really take us?

Wrong question. Ask if a fully Digital World were possible today, how far would we take our devices?

Suppose there were powerful competitive advantages available for companies who also make their devices doorways to the future?

What if we could compete on time as well as features – with the future competing against the present?

The next market shift could come from using our devices as doorways into tomorrow’s Digital World.


Chapter 1.4:  Your Devices Will Have No Limits. Neither Will You.
If you think digital is cool today, you don’t know the meaning of cool

Step through a time machine. Imagine we’ve built tomorrow’s Digital World.

You live in the Expandiverse, which is new technology and IP for building tomorrow’s digital world.

It’s a “you-centered” Digital World where your screens recognize you and turn on and off automagically. Your world follows you from screen to screen.

Just like you walk into a room and everything is there, your screens make your digital world local. You have instant access to your people, services, places, tools and resources.

You enjoy digital boundaries for privacy, and have both digital and physical protection. In fact, your digital world has grown more powerful and safer than the physical world.

You’re at the top of your world, at its center, in control.


Now imagine really, really cool

You start your day with a healthy breakfast.

You know it’s healthy because lots of people collaborated to get it right. From farmers through food product manufacturers, from retailers through consumers, they’re all members of a healthy food “governance,” a virtual community that brings knowledge to all its members when they want it. That’s you this morning when you prepared and enjoyed your breakfast. Yet you knew you’re part of a natural food chain that starts on thousands of farms and works to be sustainable and affordable for the Earth’s billions of people.

While eating you’re watching video on a tablet-size Teleportal.

Your tablet Teleportal is part of a new family of devices that includes multiscreen technology (allowing you to work seamlessly across all your various screens); and between Shared Planetary Life Spaces (virtual groups so people can stay connected and work together across all their people and devices, including their apps, services, places, tools and other resources). Teleportals converge computing, communications, TV/video, the Internet, work, commerce, entertainment and more into a continuous digital reality architecture that enables your continuous digital world. As Teleportals become higher quality your screens become as real in appearance and presence as looking through a window at the physical world in front of you.


Chapter 1.4:  Your Devices Will Have No Limits. Neither Will You.
The video is interrupted by one of the few ads you let inside your personal paywall.

Your paywall blocks all ads except the ones you let inside, because you’re paid for watching them. This ad is for a breakfast cereal and you stop and pay attention to it, because your attention is tracked and you have to watch to get paid. The ad is funny and you laugh while taking another bite of the same cereal that’s in the ad. That’s now called “partnership capitalism,” when customers support companies that support them. Funny how “partnering” strengthened marketing. You used to be bombarded with ads you fought to ignore. Now only the ads you allow get through, but you watch most of them because that puts money in your bank account every day. There are even people who spend hours watching ads when they want extra cash!

The companies that run these personal paywalls have grown huge overnight. Almost everyone has a paywall, and sitting on top of that revenue stream is like printing money.

You’re watching a video about the cereal company’s supply chain, because you work in distribution.

How distribution has changed! Robotic pickers, self-driving forklifts, and equipment telematics show your whole virtual team a dashboard of what’s happening every minute. As exceptions surface they’re dealt with immediately. Your connected group of managers and workers is now growing to include similar groups in companies that ship to you, and in companies that receive from you. Together you’re harnessing instant and deep multi-company data for frequent improvements. Your supply chain is continuously turning more efficient, responsive and accurate ‚Äì benefitting your markets, industry and economy.

In fact a co-worker interrupts, asking you to stop by and see a new demo for sharing vehicle telematics data across the connected companies.

You ask to see the demo right away instead, walking over to a larger screen so it’s clearer. Stopping in front of the new screen turns it on and brings up your co-worker as she displays the mocked-up interface. It looks good so you tell her to run with it and create a prototype.

Before you leave you flip to your family’s Life Space to check how your parents are adjusting to retirement.

You put your family’s Life Space on the nearest screen. Mom’s in a virtual card game with her best friends, while they’re all virtually blended into the gardens next to the Eiffel Tower. Dad’s exploring Belize’s coral atolls while chatting with a childhood buddy. He’s sipping coffee while blended into a real-time screen from the reef, surrounding him with tropical fish. No worries there so you don’t focus them in. Senior citizens like them have created some of the most active virtual communities, including family, childhood and lifetime friends, resources, services and caregivers in their 24√ó7 relationships. It seemed like the more their physical mobility shrank, the larger their digital lives grew.


Chapter 1.4:  Your Devices Will Have No Limits. Neither Will You.
Looking at today’s technology, doesn’t it seem logical that we’ll link our screens and add continuous connections that move with us as we switch from screen to screen?

Add in capabilities like separate groups for our different interests; continuous connections to people, tools and resources in each group; CGI-like blending of people, places and embedded ads; and both physical and digital security based on recognition.

It doesn’t take long for the light bulb to go on, for tomorrow’s Digital World to come into focus.

A Digital World we could build and move into today.

How cool is that!

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Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build a successful Digital Earth today. His previous patents are licensed by over 500 corporations that include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics and many other leaders. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Wharton School. Get connected with Dan at ImagineANewFuture.com/connect/

Chapter 1.3: Will greatness be the new normal?

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A fully Digital Earth will transform how we live, earn, spend, learn, solve problems and be entertained. Picture a real-time global wave that carries everyone forward at the leading edge. Like GPS it measures progress, with directions delivered for personal gaps through optional Active Knowledge. Continuous online communities will add larger and more powerful solutions. With Expandiverse Technology everyone can rise to greatness, so greatness will become normal.


Will greatness be the new normal?

Have you felt tomorrow’s digital world through the smart phone in your hand? Have you seen it flickering on to your Internet-connected TV? How much of each day do you spend with your eyes, ears or hands interacting with one or more screens?

Everyone knows our digital future is arriving faster every day. Continuously connected online communities are one part of Expandiverse Technology that will emerge and evolve as our future is developed.

These communities will increasingly transform how we live, earn, spend, learn and be entertained in the future. Online communities will produce results beyond what we’ve seen from the Internet so far.


Tomorrow’s Expandiverse tech:  Expand the tech and the world follows

Today’s online communities came from bulletin board systems then added forums, email lists, chat rooms, virtual worlds, online games, social networks……

A coming Expandiverse Tech development is continuous online Governances. These are organized groups that can engage in any profitable business, or nonprofit charity. They can be local in a neighborhood, or worldwide across multiple countries. They provide new ways to provide continuous connections between people, services, places, tools, resources and other businesses.

Given these opportunities, what could change if this technology were available to everyone? Could some useful continuous communities emerge?


Will greatness be the new normal?

An example of a human services community is Health Care. Medicine is great at intervening when we get sick, and with continuous connections it will get even better.

But the real health story is we are rarely sick enough to need a doctor. Everyone has to manage their health all their lives. What if our continuous connections include remote monitoring, early disease detection, better care coordination and other services — and those tied into wellness communities in the areas we each want assistance? Our powerful digital world would be a thriving place for everyone who wants to be their best and stay that way. Community services could provide early alerts as people naturally slip, with instant guidance on what to do and “always available” help from others who are doing it.


Will greatness be the new normal?

A basic needs community is food — everyone who wants to produce, manufacture, sell and eat healthy, natural food.

Today’s economic system keeps everyone in the food chain separate and self-focused. Farmers maximize their income, as do food manufacturers and grocery stores. Consumers struggle to find the healthy, affordable and great tasting food that’s hidden among the tens of thousands of brightly lit choices in a modern supermarket.

Because every part of the food chain sub-optimizes for its own profits, there’s an elephant in the room. The food chain isn’t optimized to produce the healthy, affordable and great tasting food so many people want.

With continuous digital communities that span the food chain and connect its many contributors, we can work together to help coordinate our food system so it delivers great tasting food to feed tomorrow’s hungry world of 9 billion people.


Will greatness be the new normal?

Supply chains will be private online communities that could improve how the economy works.

Today, companies are trying to get to once-a-week meetings where they know the demand (orders), their inventory and their suppliers’ scheduled shipments. This hamster wheel runs in batch mode. People collect the data, everyone meets to make decisions, then they separate to do it.

Imagine real-time continuous connections throughout a company, with data-driven dashboards and a single community of all the managers, employees, systems and equipment that do the work. When problems surface alerts are fired off to the relevant people. They can respond instantly through their continuous online connections. The new situation updated, and new problems are tackled immediately by every person and resource needed.

Online, that community can scale to include multiple companies throughout a supply chain. This expanding online community works between companies to manage the flow of goods and solve problems.

Entire supply chains can move to a new level of speed, accuracy and productivity — improving their ability to deliver what’s needed by tomorrow’s high-velocity global economy.


Will greatness be the new normal?

Senior citizens are a great example of a large group because there are large senior populations all over the world.

As senior citizens age they grow more confined and immobile. They’re kept younger and healthier when they receive more stimulation, engagement and responsive health care. In tomorrow’s continuously connected digital world they can enjoy continuously connected lives. Their digital lifestyle can include their children and grandchildren, their lifetime friends, online community activities and their care givers.

At the exact stage that seniors’ physical mobility declines, their digital mobility can turn global. They can travel the world online, experience its treasures and build friendships everywhere. The world is made local and brought to them via their personal screens. Perhaps for the first time, a world of senior citizens can be continuously connected to enjoy the experiences they wish they could have had when they were young.


With the Expandiverse, free your mind and reignite the world

When the Earth grows to 9 billion people it isn’t likely to change. Everyone wants more of everything. They want it now, and no one wants to slow down.

A “Crisis of Success” is arriving. The thinking that got us here can’t fix the problems caused by that thinking. As we repeat what we’ve done, we’ll get more of the same.

Instead, we need to reach a new level of greatness or we could be in deep trouble. Transformative Expandiverse Technology can change how we interact, along with helping lower its cost and multiply its scale.

As the Earth becomes one digital room with everyone in it, continuous online communities could make you and everyone more powerful and successful.

We’ve just seen examples of human services (health care), basic needs (food), how the economy can work more productively (supply chains), and engaging large groups (senior citizens).

These and other areas could be improved with continuously connected online communities that include “always on” people, services, places, tools and resources.

Tomorrow’s “digital Earth” might sound like a big online world with many choices. But in reality, the Expandiverse makes the opposite happen.

Our digital world is going to be local to you. At your fingertips.

In it, continuously connected communities can develop and deliver the improvements people want whether they focus on human services, basic needs, how well the economy works, or a large group like senior citizens.

You will control what you join, when you interact and what you take from each of them.

They are one of the ways Expandiverse Technology helps this become a world where everyone can rise to greatness. That would be a world where today’s greatness becomes the new normal.


© Copyright 2014 Dan Abelow. All rights reserved. Image credits: Shutterstock.

Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build a successful Digital Earth today. His previous patents are licensed by over 500 corporations that include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics and many other leaders. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Wharton School. Get connected with Dan at ImagineANewFuture.com/connect/

Chapter 1.2: The journey to our full potentials

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Our growing Crisis of Success comes from who we are: Everyone wants it all, wants it now, and won’t stop. But our problems are opportunities to use new tech to remove our ceilings. Expandiverse Tech adds a leap-ahead fast finish: Move everyone to the top of the pyramid by making everyone knowing and powerful, with the world’s best abilities. Stop thinking about our limits and start wondering what we can do.


We’ve discovered an astounding secret. Our greatest achievement is the source of our biggest problems.

When the Industrial Revolution began in about 1800, worldwide GDP was about $195 per person per year. By 2000 this had zoomed to $6,539 per person per year. (1)

In a similar escalation, in 1800 the total human population was almost 1 billion people. (1) Due to advances in health, food and lifespan, by 2050 the United Nations forecasts the total population will exceed 9 billion. (2)

These two centuries have been an unprecedented success in human history. We’ve achieved a lot, but the higher we climb the bigger our fall could be. I call these problems the “Crises of Success.”

They include:

  • Sustaining a population of 9 billion at ever higher living standards
  • Worldwide consumption that threatens the Earth’s bio capacity
  • Fresh water supplies for our gargantuan food, industry and living needs
  • Rising sea levels from greenhouse gases
  • Mushrooming total debts
  • Shrinking job prospects and middle class incomes in advanced economies
  • Unemployment and underemployment
  • Income inequality
  • A cataclysmic mass extinction from our crowding out other species

These problems come from who we are:  Nearly everyone wants it all, wants it now, and refuses to slow down.

A sweeping redirection can’t be made in time. We don’t want to rebuild the world we have, because it’s the world we want. More people want more of everything, not less. The more we all succeed, the bigger we make our coming problems.

We’re racing against the crises we keep creating. The biggest “Crisis of Success” is us. And we’re proud of ourselves.

That puts us on the hero’s journey. We’re driven to face ourselves even when we don’t want to. The old ways and old thinking got us here. We have no choice but to test our limits and find a new ways to succeed.

We’re the generation that’s trapped by humanity’s huge levels of success. We’re the people who must find our way far higher, and reach humanity’s full potentials. To emerge triumphant we must join history’s greatest heroes. We’re driven into our nexus by our self-inflicted doomsday. And we have to do it quickly.

Our reward for history’s greatest successes will be endless problems unless we top all of history and soar to the highest levels we can imagine.


The journey to our full potentials


Arriving from the Future:  A new lever to pry open the top

This dilemma is also an opportunity to build a more powerful world than has ever existed before. As we leave behind the industrial era, our coming digital world must become far more capable and successful than we expect.

Our forced transformation is to become our best, to fulfill all our potentials:  As individuals, groups, societies and as a planet.

With the first ideas in 2007, I spent years in private development of a far more powerful future. The Expandiverse is new technology and IP (Intellectual Property) to build tomorrow’s digital world today.

This digital transformation comes from looking ahead and seeing that the Earth will inevitably be built into a digital planet. The Expandiverse leaps ahead, specifies that future world’s technology and shows how to accelerate it into the present.

We can already feel it coming. We’ll all be using 1 or 2 screens at once, and have screens around us all the time. It’s just a question of when and how we’ll build it, learn to benefit from it and take advantage of it.

With acceleration, the Earth can become one digital room with everyone in it sooner than we expect.

This replaces today’s incremental steps with a leap-ahead fast finish, using technology and IP for tomorrow’s digital Earth. A quick summary is in the Expandiverse Technology Continuum:

A family of “fused devices” is its left column. These replace today’s siloed devices with a family of continuous devices that are you-centered. They’re like an automatic door that follows you and opens and closes as you switch from screen to screen. Your digital services, communications, resources, etc. are always on and instantly usable as you switch from screen to screen throughout the day. Your devices support you, move you to the top of the pyramid, and make you knowing and powerful with the full digital world’s resources and capabilities at your fingertips.

A back-end infrastructure is its right column. Everyone in the world gains the world’s best abilities whether they are in Silicon Valley, Singapore or a small town anywhere in the Americas, Asia or Africa. This delivers the ability to succeed by making the world’s most powerful abilities local to you, continuously serving you, on all your screens.

Components for individuals, groups, human services and the world are in its center column. Some of these are:

“You-centered” digital lifestyles with continuous connections to your people, services, places, tools and resources, entertainment and more.

You’ll have multiple Shared Life Spaces for the different parts of your life (like family, work and friends).

There are also boundaries like privacy (which includes public, private and secret).

There’s services like Active Knowledge that increase success during tasks and could replace a lot of searching, while embedding e-commerce could replace a lot of online retail.


The journey to our full potentials


Can technology remove today’s ceilings?

This is just in time because we’ve discovered a second astounding secret. We’re the people who must overcome today’s “Crises of Success.”

We’re the people who create these crises. We’re the people pushing the Earth to its breaking point. Asking us to fix ourselves could be more of a comedy than a hero’s journey!

Unless we don’t have to give up our problems. Unless there’s a new way to outgrow our impacts.

It’s not enough for 200 or 2,000 people to work on a problem. What happens to a problem when 2 million or 20 million people work on it? What happens when solutions are automatically delivered as optional Active Knowledge to 200 million or 2 billion people? What happens when the metrics from our resulting actions are gathered, reported, and optimized so the strongest successes rise to the top of the Active Knowledge that’s delivered next? What happens when the best results are continuously measured, and better solutions are continuously surfaced and distributed in an advancing global wave?

With Expandiverse Technology, everyone connected can help create and receive the world’s best knowledge so they can perform at higher levels, regardless of their education level.

It’s a new kind of lever. Technology that helps everyone, gives us new ways to interact, to solve problems, to get ahead. To enjoy life in an increasingly successful world.

The Expandiverse has a new word for this evolution — AnthroTechtonics:  “Anthro” for people, “tech” for technology, and “tectonics” for shifts large enough move the Earth.

As we gain new kinds of continuous connections and interact, we will connect many new pieces and solve the next great puzzles. We will decide how our pieces fit together, and what our future can be. We will decide what to apply, and we will see if it works or not — and if we want to share so others can use it.


Stop thinking about our limits. Start wondering what we can do.

Until now, the world’s Crisis of Success have been impossible to solve. Current thinking takes us deeper. New technology didn’t exist. But as today’s world turns digital, we can start using this new technology to interact and advance with new speed, scope and skills.

Instead of this taking decades, Expandiverse Technology includes a potential timeline to get up to speed in one decade.

Today, leading companies and startups could supercharge their products and services. They could create new conditions for everyone to ignite their personal and group digital engines. They could gain “first mover” competitive advantages and capture markets.

That could accelerate the future into the present, for the benefit of today’s generation.

Even if not done right away, this advance is now available. It could be triggered by a large crisis (in a fundamental area like energy, food, water, climate, social unrest, etc.). That could accelerate its development and provide a “rapid progress” opportunity to become a far more capable digital world.

However it happens, it will happen. Today’s Internet child will grow into an adult Digital World.

The journey to our full potentials has begun. Like it or not, our generation is about to become tomorrow’s heroes.



(1) DeLong, Bradford J., Estimating World GDP, One Million B.C. – Present, Department of Economics, U.C. Berkeley. http://econ161.berkeley.edu/TCEH/1998_Draft/World_GDP/Estimating_World_GDP.html

(2) Revised UN estimates put world population at over 9 billion by 2050, UN News Centre. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30159&Cr=family#.UhaH7RZEfao


© Copyright 2014 Dan Abelow. All rights reserved. Image credits: Author photograph by Joseph Cristina. The second and third graphics are copyright Dan Abelow. All other graphics are credited to Shutterstock.

Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build an advanced Digital Earth today. His previous patents are licensed by over 500 corporations that include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics and many other leaders. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Wharton School. Get connected with Dan at ImagineANewFuture.com/connect/

Chapter 1.1: Is Change the New Big?

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Who will win the future? In the next decades we will become a fully digital planet. Can we build a more powerful digital world with many new ways for everyone to succeed? If we could, then neither startups nor big companies win. You will win the future. Building that digital Earth could be a bigger business opportunity for both startups and leading companies — a successful planet where everyone wins.


Is Change the New Big?

How will America climb out of its economic decline, bring prosperity back to the middle class and give us “The Future” we want? The tech industry is where society thinks this question will find answers.

Here’s what some in the tech industry think.

I recently went to Silicon Valley to meet with top tech companies. All said the Expandiverse’s new technology to build a digital world describes where the tech industry is headed. All are moving forward toward new technology, each in their own way — with their own roadmaps.

I also met with entrepreneurs, angel investors and a VC (Venture Capitalist). As Silicon Valley’s engine, startups drive change at ever faster speeds. They pivot until they find traction, build revenues and grow companies. In parallel, angel investors and Venture Capitalists want them to accept investments so they can share the valuable assets (new companies) they create.

Who will win? Will our solutions come from big company roadmaps, market driven startups, or something else?

The real question is where will we find “The Future” we want?

If I could choose a destination I’d choose greatness for everyone. “The Future” should be a world where success and greatness become normal. For you and for everyone.

The source of “The Future” is important. The ones who win will choose. They will own your future and write the story of your life.


When startups rule: Change is the new Big. Change eats the slow.

Change has changed: Every day, the future arrives faster. Today’s scope and speed of innovations have expanded.

Innovation is more than new technology. Successful startups can add new tech, new IP, new business models and new ways to live, work and communicate.

When startups win their version of the future comes from finding anything that works, and evolving that into a business:

  • Google: Started in 1996 as a PageRank algorithm to improve Search, became the world’s largest online advertising business.
  • PayPal: Started in 1998 as digital cash for PDA’s, became eBay’s online payments.
  • Facebook: Started in 2003 as an online version of Harvard’s houses’ printed facebooks, became the world’s largest social network.
  • YouTube: Started in 2005 as a way to share short videos online, became the third largest domain by page views, and 17% of peak-period download traffic in North America.
  • Twitter: Started in 2006 as a way to use SMS texting to communicate with small groups using short bursts, became faster news than the news, and a wider social media than Facebook.
  • Instagram: Started in 2010 as photo sharing, became a $1 billion extension of a social networking service.

Startups can become exceptional. The biggest change a lot of people’s lives, but startup companies grow by pivoting until they find what works. That proves their best plans didn’t work.

Can that drive the future we need?


Today’s top-down rule: Change is the new Big. The big still eat the small.

The leading companies have created ecosystems that capture customers and drive the future they want. The best ecosystems are from Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft and more.

Each has its own roadmap to build the future it wants — a future they own.

There’s just one problem: Their customers (markets) and startups (potential competitors) change faster than them.

The leading companies are in an impossible race to stay ahead of constant changes. Except they have a powerful weapon — their deep pockets.

Expectations keep rising. Innovations are everywhere. Volatility and speed accelerate. Financial pressures mount as economies plateau, middle class incomes shrink, governments can’t afford everything they promise and customers don’t have enough money to buy the lifestyle they’re trying to live.

Technology’s pace is approaching the speed of thought. If it can be imagined, it can be built.

The “end state” for lots of startups, new technologies and IP is an acquisition. They become part of a leading company’s weapons platform.

The big eat the small, and the biggest want to own the world.

They each have their roadmap, but is that the future you want?


Is Change the New Big?

Which Change is the new Big? Change to the future we need

The Silicon Valley meetings exposed the real story. Tech companies want to do good, but their focus is their business. Both startups and leaders want the same future: They win. They’re the leaders.

We’re just like them. Your biggest story is your future. We each want to be the winner in our future. But how will we all get there?

It’s time to look beyond tech.

The industrial revolution has been an unprecedented success. Humanity changed the world forever, taking our personal and economic potentials to unmatched heights. Now that’s forcing us to learn how to cope with success.

During the next decade we will pioneer a new transition in human history, because we achieved so much during the industrial revolution. Here are some of the “Crisis of Success” that will drive us:

  • Population growth to 9 billion
  • Worldwide consumption that threatens the Earth’s bio capacity
  • Rising sea levels from greenhouse gases
  • Mushrooming total debts
  • Shrinking job prospects and declining middle class incomes in advanced economies
  • Unemployment, especially among the young
  • Income inequality
  • Terrorism
  • Fresh water supplies for our gargantuan needs, and more.

Inevitably, these will overtake us because we won’t make sweeping changes in how we live and what we want. We like the way we are. Nearly everyone wants it all, wants it now, and refuses to slow down.

We’re in a race against problems we will keep creating.

This dilemma is also history’s first opportunity to build a far more successful world than has ever existed before. As we leave behind the industrial era, our coming digital world must become far better than we expect.

We need to use our greatness to become more, achieve more, fulfill our potentials.

It’s time to look at tech in a new way. As we become a digital planet, our story isn’t which company’s product or service leads and drives “The Future.” In the next decades, we will become a fully digital world. For the first time, we need to be so capable that we succeed in spite of ourselves.

Without tech we won’t complete our journey or fulfill our destiny. We need tech so we become even greater than we can imagine we will be.


Is Change the New Big?

If Change is the new Big, where do you fit in the future?

Since 2007 I’ve been privately developing another way forward. Neither top-down nor bottom-up, it’s new technology to build tomorrow’s more successful digital planet today.

Suppose we could move into a continuously connected digital world that adds new ways for individuals, groups and societies to succeed.

Suppose technology could serve everyone so you can use your continuous connections — with people, devices, apps, services, tools and resources — to build the future you want.

Suppose this new tech were also IP that gives companies incentives to adopt it and use it to capture markets, so building this new kind of future could expand their revenues and profits.

This new technology is named the Expandiverse. It’s an “expanding” digital “universe” that puts everyone in control, so everyone can move to the top of an expanding pyramid. It’s a new path to universal personal success, to collaborative advances, to potential prosperity for everyone regardless of your education or financial resources. This IP will be in force until 2031, when it will become free for everyone to use. Forever.

What if the real owner of your future is you? Would you sit on top of the world’s pyramid, rather than be controlled by it? Would you run your world in the ways you believe are best? Would you enjoy a digital world that’s you-centered, a world that makes money by serving you?

In addition to the future that will come from bottom-up startups and top-down leading companies, there’s now another way. Buildable Expandiverse Technology and IP could be used by both leading companies and startups to produce a continuously connected digital world of the future.

The biggest surprise in Silicon Valley was hearing companies say this is where the tech industry is headed. But we actually talked about the Expandiverse’s family of devices with continuous connections, its shared digital spaces that are you-centered and provide you a digital world that you control — and other specific business opportunities.

They saw its products, services and profits. I saw the future take a step toward a successful world.

If the alignment clicks, the world’s biggest business opportunity might be building our advanced digital Earth. A world where you and everyone can rise to the top, where greatness becomes the norm.

That would be an interesting pivot for our struggling Earth, no?


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Preface: If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

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By 2050 there will be 9 billion people to feed, clothe, transport, employ and educate. We’re committed to a growth-driven world economy that must inflate for centuries, supplying limitless consumption to everyone. With new tech, could we add a digital world that helps everyone succeed and prosper while working together? Could we become a successful world where greatness is normal?


If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

One day greatness will be in our grasp. But rather than waiting, can we reach it now?

Here’s the good news: digital devices have made your life better. Here’s the bad news: although incredibly cool, devices are still in early stages of development. Maybe that’s not really bad, when you think of what’s coming next.

Until now, the devices you’ve had in your hands and on your desks have offered quite both usefulness and fun. But you couldn’t call it a fully digital world yet. It’s not even close.

There are limitations. You switch on your gadgets and wait. Or you have to find the app you want and wait for it. They might have an operating system whose principles you have to follow. They allow you a little creativity, but only a little.

Then your apps or data might not work with another device that you bought, say, last week, or last year. The last time you saw a friend with a new device you don’t have, could theirs be better? Maybe!

Clearly, there is room to dream about new technology.

There’s room to dream about building the world we want, instead of the one we’re turning into.


Powerful problems drive powerful dreams

We have reached greatness, but the magnificent size of our successes will be matched by the size of our growing Crisis of Success. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people to feed, clothe, transport, employ, educate and entertain.

Billions are committed to a growth-driven world economy they expect to inflate for centuries to come. As we pursue unlimited growth, our limitless consumption threatens to crowd out everything else on Earth. We are warming the climate, overspending our financial resources, requiring more fresh water than we have, increasing income inequality, diminishing other species and triggering shockwaves whenever we can’t cope with a problem.

Billions of people are at the “bottom” of the economy. The middle class is declining in advanced societies. Youth underemployment is epidemic in many countries. The forecast is for billions to remain stuck for their whole lives.

Many no longer believe today’s leaders can improve this, though today’s leaders are increasing their power and digital surveillance. Leaders want new options as much as everyone else.

Clearly, there is room to dream about a more successful world along with new technology.


Can a new digital window display a new future?

This new option started in 2007 with big questions: Can we envision a world where tech helps everyone succeed and prosper? Can that world be designed and built now, without waiting for “the future” to arrive?

The Expandiverse grew steadily through years of private and confidential tech and IP (Intellectual Property) development.

Our world is full of screens. We keep them in our hands, purses and pockets, next to our beds while we sleep, and surround ourselves with screens on our desks and counter tops. Our TV sets are morphing into interactive screens as we put them online so they display everything for free.

What if all our screens, everywhere, were a two-way networked system that turns the Earth into a digital room with everyone in it? What if that networked system brought everyone the world’s best services, resources and knowledge based on what we do, as a normal part of everyday life?

Billions of us. Together. All of us succeeding as much as we choose. All the time.

Let’s dream a little. Let’s dream about technology we could build, about a world we could enjoy.


If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

Turn on a you-centered digital world

If your future devices were continuous, your control over all your devices, and the continuous digital world they could open for you, could Expand exponentially.

You switch between multiple screens. When you leave your old screen it stores “where” and “who” you are, then turns off. Your new screen recognizes you, turns on, retrieves “where” and “who” you are, puts you “there.” It is truly automatic.

All sorts of things are in front of you — with you. They could be people, services or places. They could be apps or software, digital content (books, TV shows, movies, music, recorded videos and more), games or live video from events worldwide. They could even be other devices and sources you control remotely.

Your digital life will always be on, always open, always yours. You’ll live in your “Shared Planetary Life Spaces.”

You combine anything into the digital “shared space” you want to inhabit, until you switch to a different one. Then switch again.

In fact, it’s so real that your “shared spaces” move with you across your screens, and become one of your realities. It’s the digital world you choose, where you can live. Always ready for you to use in whatever ways you want.


If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

Technology is about to move much faster and converge with entertainment, until life is entertainment and entertainment is life. (Or dare I say it, your lives.)

In the Expandiverse, you will become used to your chosen digital realities being displayed and processed without effort. Multiple screens, multiple identities and multiple transformed video, audio and music feeds will simply appear and you will appear in them.

In your digital life you can walk through a beautiful new dawn. Or your own action movie sequel.

With you as both one of the directors and one of the stars.

You can make any or all of your digital world’s outputs visible to anyone you want. What is still called “publishing” or “broadcasting” can be accomplished in a multitude of ways with a multitude of outcomes.

You are the publisher. You are the broadcaster. You are the digital reality creator.

You choose your private or public audiences. They can use your creation, or appear in it. Or you decide to be the audience and appear inside your digital world.

Much of your life is already you-centered. Next your digital life will let you become the person (and people) you’ve always dreamed of becoming.

For example, Expandiverse technology includes a workaround to death. Since medical science can’t extend our lifetimes to hundreds and thousands of years, the Expandiverse offers multiple identities. Would you consider enjoying multiple lives in parallel? This won’t be for everyone, but for those who can’t get enough out of one short life, it could be their ticket to more lives and a better way to be alive.

In the Expandiverse your life is truly yours. Construct reality to enjoy what makes you truly happy for your fleeting moment, or create an identity and enjoy it for a “life” time.

And tomorrow… which dreams will you want next? How many? Who will you want in them?


If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

Your digital life is a real life. Wherever you really are.

For billions of people all across the Earth, yesterday’s world isn’t succeeding well enough or fixing problems fast enough. Too many are stuck, educated, aware, capable and connected — yet locked in a limited future instead of free to soar.

Isn’t it about time that your reality was yours, continuous and under your control? We don’t have this now. But in the Expandiverse, all bets are off and all your digital lives are on.

Something else Expandiverse technology offers is called Active Knowledge. Could we surpass the physical world’s limits on our personal futures? What if the best knowledge, tools, resources and opportunities to succeed could be delivered as part of what we do every day, as we use our screens? Everyone could become able to perform as well as the best in the world.

Then, with a universal interface, everyone could run their entire Expandiverse from everywhere. It won’t matter whether you’re in Silicon Valley or a small village in Africa.

Yes, you will be a global person who connects everywhere. And yes, the whole world and its best knowledge and resources will be local to you, at your fingertips, under your control.

Everyone could rise to the top.

Is it time to Expand today’s limited devices, and Expand today’s limited world?

Should we begin the journey into a digital world where everyone could choose to be their best, where greatness could be normal?

It’s a road with a destination beyond buying the newest cool device, then straining against its limits.

As our digital world grows, devices will have to Expand until your devices can serve you totally. This won’t happen overnight.

But it’s time to start realizing that it will happen.

Unlike any generation before in history, we know how to design and build our dreams.

Expand your mind, and expand your future.

Are you ready to take your first step?

If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

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Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build tomorrow’s digital world today. His previous patents are licensed by over 500 corporations that include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics and many other leaders. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Wharton School. Get connected with Dan at ImagineANewFuture.com/connect/